Name: Charmagne Erika G. Padilla
The Position PaperTopic:
If females arephysically weaker than males, then they are notcapable of leadership.
Definition of Terms:
When people think about leadership,images of powerful dynamic individuals whocommand victorious armies, shape the events of nations, develop religions, or direct corporateempires come to mind. Researchers have longfound that people think “male” when they think“leader,” and that this result transcends manycultural differences. But what is a leader? Andwhat makes a great leader? A leader is somebodywhom people follow; who guides and directsothers. The traits that a great leader typicallypossesses include a sense of power, greatnegotiating skills and lots of charisma. However,a leader always has the ability to influenceothers. Leaders and followers influence eachother because all people are potential leaders.Influencing is so important that it is called theessence of leadership.Historically, gender prohibited mostfemales from becoming leaders in organizations;as a result, the assumption that males werebetter suited than females for leadership roleswas, until recently, rarely questioned. Men havetraditionally been more involved in combat andwar than women—successful male warriors wereheld in high status in many societies. That femalewere selected as leaders were viewed as beingmore effective in maintaining positiverelationships within the group may reflectfemales’ traditional roles as peacekeepers andwanting to preserve group order. Suchengendered leadership is a long-term of humanevolutionary history that still affects the waypeople evaluate and respond to leadership insociety today.Generally, women tend to be identifiedwith nature while men tend to be identified withculture. This is so because in bearing childrenwomen create new ‘things’ naturally, while menare free/forced to create culturally. Women arealso in result, more confined to the householdand raise children. Since human beingseverywhere rank their own cultural productsabove the realm of the physical world, as everyculture is aimed at controlling and/ortranscending nature, women end up with aninferior symbolic position. The challenge forwomen in taking on leadership roles is to reclaimand redefine the accepted stereotypes.A woman leader stimulates a differentreaction than a male leader because of learnedexpectations, shaped and supported by thesurrounding social structure, that invalidate andundercut women’s attempts to be effective,influential, and powerful. Because
of perceivedincompatibility between the requirements of femininity and those of leadership, women areoften required to “soften” their leadership stylesto gain the approval of their constituents. Sincethey are stereotyped as less competent thanmen, women would-be leaders are sometimesadvised to avoid feminine modesty and promotetheir own abilities, strengths andaccomplishments. Women face the mostresistance to their leadership and influence inroles that are male-dominated and characterizedas masculineAs women lead, they are changingleadership; as they organize, they are changingorganization. When women lead and articulatetheir purposes, it seems that they work togethernot only as individuals but with a sense of community and networking in a healthy way.Women have fresh and imaginative skills of dialogue and are setting a more open, flexible,and compassionate style of leadership. Studieshave shown that women leaders are bettercommunicators, have better social skills, aremore tolerant, more willing to adapt to change,better organized, better at motivating others andless bound by social traditions; skills essential foreffective leadership.If only something could be constructed tosupply the right social environmental conditionsin socializing the young and in ‘re-educating’ theold, all men and women could become equal-because they could all become, in principle, thesame.
Truth or Falsity of Hypothetical Proposition:
The hypothetical proposition is false.Women are capable of leadership. Though studieshave proven that women indeed are thephysically weaker sex, this is not the soleessential requirement for an effective leader.Only stereotypes and gender bias hinders womenin leadership.
I agree that women are capable of leadership. I believe that what only challengefemales from becoming leaders are the generallyaccepted stereotypes prevailing in almost allnations that males were better suited inleadership roles. Males and females are the